The US state department has issued travel warning to tourists to completely avoid five states in Mexico because of rampant crime levels and gang activity.
According to BBC the states includes Colima, Guerrero, Michoacán, Sinaloa and Tamaulipas have all been classified as a level-four risk, the highest in the scale.
Preliminary figures suggest that Mexico had a record number of murders in 2017.
State department advice for travellers to Mexico
- Use toll roads when possible and avoid driving at night
- Exercise increased caution when visiting local bars, nightclubs, and casinos
- Do not display signs of wealth, such as wearing expensive watches or jewellery
- Be extra vigilant when visiting banks or ATMs
- Have a contingency plan for emergency situations
The state department is concerned about violent crime in all of the five states but also warns of specific dangers in each one of them.